Lexar Memory Card Tips

Whether you have a Lexar CF, SD, SDHC or Memory Stick product the following information will help your card run at its best. You will also learn how to minimize or prevent corruption and loss of data.

Optimizing your Lexar memory cards using Image Rescue Software


  1. To optimize your Lexar card we recommend using Lexar Image Rescue software. Under Image Rescue version 2.0, select the Secure Erase option. Under the newer version of Image Rescue 3.0, select the Erase option. This ensures there is no remaining data left on the card. 
  2. Once the Secure Erase option has been selected for the camera model you're using, place the card in the camera and select Format. Once the format has been completed your Lexar card is ready to use for that particular camera model.

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Note: All cameras are not the same; they support either file system FAT16 or FAT32. This ensures the appropriate format for that particular camera model.

Battery Maintenance


It's always important to condition your batteries at least once before putting them into use. Then perform cycling/conditioning once a month to keep the batteries cycled and fresh.

Note: Using larger capacity cards may reduce the battery life. Reduction is minimal but it does occur.

Removing your Lexar memory card from your camera


After shooting your last shot, count to 5 before turning the power off. This will ensure the camera has finished writing to the card (especially large files) and helps avoid possible corruption.

Utilizing different cameras with your Lexar memory card:


It is recommended to use one Lexar memory card in each camera model you have. Using one card between different cameras models - Canon 20D vs. Canon 1Ds Mark II and others - can result in possible data corruption.

Be sure to leverage the power of award-winning Lexar Image Rescue software to reliably recover most photos, even if they've been erased or the card has been corrupted.**

**Image or other data recover is not 100% guaranteed.

Recommended ways to delete images from your Lexar memory card


Deleting images in the camera is a convenience but at the same time can result in data corruption, especially with large file formats like RAW and TIFF files. Move and save the images to your computer, then utilize the editing software that came with your camera or a third-party software application for more flexibility. Once the files are moved, it is recommended to initialize your Lexar memory card.

Note: Processing on a camera is light operation. Remember that when you're deleting an image, you're only deleting the file name and other related information pertaining to the image-not the actual image itself. This is why you can still recover the image once it is deleted, since the data area where the image is stored remains intact.